Tennessee athletic director John Currie issued a statement Wednesday morning regarding player safety after a report surfaced on thereadoptional.com regarding the health of Vols offensive lineman Brett Kendrick.

The website, citing a source, reported that Kendrick played a portion of Saturday’s game against Kentucky with a concussion.

“We would never, ever knowingly put a student-athlete in harm's way," coach Butch Jones said during Wednesday's SEC teleconference.

Jones said the team's medical staff has full authority on return-of-play decisions.

“I have absolutely no say in these decisions," Jones said.

Jones said Kendrick would be out for Saturday's game against Southern Mississippi.